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The Tiger's Daughter

Written by: K Arsenault Rivera
Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Even gods can be slain.

The Hokkaran Empire has conquered every land within their bold reach - but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

A crack in the wall heralds the end...two goddesses arm themselves....

K Arsenault Rivera's The Tiger's Daughter is an adventure for the ages.

©2017 K Arsenault Rivera (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"A love letter to my favorite kind of fantasy - rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth.... Simply exquisite." (V. E. Schwab, New York Times best-selling author of the Shades of Magic series)

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An epic love carried from steppes to palace

This was a great epic love story between two growing women who slay demons, kick ass, kiss each other and get blessed by their gods.

The reader differentiates between the main characters voices, of which there's few since this text is mostly written in epistolary style. The unfamiliar fantasy names rolled off her tongue and the passion of these characters shined. It was a pleasure to listen to for 14 hours.

While this book presents a great set-up for a sequel, the story itself wraps up well as it stands and our main couple have a happy-ever-after end in sight. The start of the book has a lot of poetic descriptions of the daily lives for two very distinctive fantasy east Asian cultures and the growing, passionate love between two girls. There's a lot of battle scenes, most of them small groups rather than battlefields, and just as poetically yet explicitly described. Thus be aware of a substantial amount of gore and injuries.

In 14 hours I went through a lot of emotions with these characters and cherish them all the more.

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Close Your eyes and let the words paint a Picture.

This is a Love letter and storytelling in one. I started listening to it and every time I had to put it down I counted down till I picked it back up. At the end of the Book, I bought the second book almost instantly. You are in for a rollercoaster of a ride listening to this story.

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I Wished I Liked it More

I saw this on the Audible Daily Deals and thought it looked interesting. I wasn't disappointed but it wasn't what I expected.
This had all the building blocks of a story I could love. It is a romantic epic fantasy set in a Steepe people inspired setting. Our two main characters are demon slayers, as well as both female. Sounds cool. However, I didn't find the characters very compelling but that's probably more because I do not like the epistolary style. I didn't know this before listening to this, it's the first time I read or listen to something in the writing style. Personally, I found the style boring which made the characters boring to me.
I agree with the reviews that Caroline McLaughlin was a really good narrator.
The book is not bad, it's just not for me. All in all, it was okay.

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Like a long love poem or epic romance.

Once I understood the structure of the story, I started to understand the characters more and fell in love with them. I often take quotes from this book and read it to my beloved.
One of my absolute favorites.

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  • kara-karina
  • 2018-02-24

Writing format that didn't work for this book

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The best thing about this book is its narrator, Caroline McLaughlin. I found her voice very easy to listen to in an otherwise pretty boring book.

It always surprises me how someone can take a sound, exciting idea and flush it down the drain with the execution. The promise of this plot sounded amazing. Two lesbian warrior queens destined to fall in love and fight demons with their special magical powers in a vaguely Asian fantasy background.

The reality is there is very little actual plot development or demon fighting or anything. Instead, the plot consists of Shefali's love letters to Shizika in which she reminisces about what actually happened to them both in a flowery prose. A lot of it happened in her head, I might add. And she felt the need to write about it.

As a consequence, what the characters know and don't feel the need to explain is not spelled to us, and a lot of possibly fascinating details and nuances are lost.

There is a whole backstory of their mothers, legendary warriors larger than life, whom are barely mentioned. There are complexities of Shizika's position as a heir to the throne to her evil uncle emperor, and the tension between them is explored on the shallowest level. There is an issue of Shefali's contamination and her early ability to speak to demons which is never explored. At last, there are magical powers both girls are born with, and author's lack of enthusiasm in using them.

At last, the heroines themselves are not likeable. Shizika is distant, angry and has a huge chip on her shoulder. Shefali is introverted and awkward with a puppy adoration she carries for her best friend, which I found slightly annoying.

There was just so much unused potential and missed world-building opportunities, folks, that I ended up being disappointed and annoyed instead of enjoying The Tiger's Daughter. In all honesty, not recommended.

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  • Joshua Poteat
  • 2018-04-15

Warrior Women

What did you love best about The Tiger's Daughter?

The steps of Mongolia and the Hidden City of China make a fresh setting for a Fantasy Novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tiger's Daughter?

Just the burgeoning love story was new and different.

Which scene was your favorite?

The big fight scene at the end. Also the scenes where the flowers move are the best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If i didn't have a life I most definitely would.

Any additional comments?

It felt like it was in hybrid-second person, which i loved but, at times on the Audio it made hard to determine whose perspective this was written in.

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  • ABeck
  • 2018-09-23

Incredible

A journey immersive from the start. The ending had my heart pounding in suspense and left me with the feeling of triumph and pride for it's characters.

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  • Eastern Sunset Reader
  • 2018-08-06

Unique Fantasy & Characters to Love

My Review: I finally picked this book up after hearing Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube mention it as one of her favorite books repeatedly. The cover is stunning and the synopsis was really intriguing, I found the setting (and Mongolian inspiration) to be really intriguing. I buddy read this book with someone from Instagram for the Tome Topple challenge and I am glad I had someone to discuss the book with as I read it! The book is written in a really beautiful almost lyrical way, the words just flow together like music. Admittedly, I had a few concerns when starting the book, first being the various names each characters is called, and this turned out to be a problem as they gain more names as the story continues and some of them are extremely similar. Then next concern I had was that the beautiful writing would be the focus and we would loose the story or possibly even the character connections due to it; that ended up not being a problem, the beautiful writing only added to the story and heightened the intensity of the relationship between Shizuka and Shefali. In fact, the love between these two characters is so strong that it made my heartache and brought me to tears a few times.

Even though I was aware that this is a fantasy, I honestly wasn't expecting the magical elements or the demons. While it did add a little to the story and it does become a major plot point, I like that the focus remained on their relationship and own personal character development.

While the story is supposedly written as letters and present day moments, in truth it is one long letter to the point of being a book with brief moments of present day reactions of the one reading it. I was honestly expecting more of letters back and forth throughout the story but it is just one letter from one character and the other character reading and reacting. With that said I really think that it word well for this story. It is not often that a second person narration works in books and thankfully Rivera really pulled it off in this one.

This book may not be for every reader, and not even for all fantasy fans. It does start off a little slow but it does pick up pace as it goes, but for an over 500 page book it can be daunting. I am beyond excited for the next book and have already pre-ordered it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-22

One of the best books I’ve ever read !

This Book will always be in my top ten , Patiently waiting for your next book.

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  • AnnCat2
  • 2017-10-06

Couldn't finish

Tedious character building. Didn't get past Chapter 2. Narrator does a good job. Plot line sounded so good, too.

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